Monthly Archives: October 2005

More Cowbell T-Shirt Gets Wired Attention

Wired magazine recently ran a short article on the evolution of a skit from Saturday Night Live. The spoof on the making of Blue Oyster Cult’s Don’t Fear the Reaper featuring host Christopher Walken gave us a lasting phrase that has made its way into the world of t-shirt fashion. Busted Tees was one of the first shops to sell a More Cowbell t-shirt, and is arguably the best version out there. Another great example of pop culture being recreated in the world of fashion tees.

Read the Wired article here.

T-Shirt Watch’s T-Shirt Directory

We’ve compiled a directory of sorts of our favorite t-shirt sites, as well as some classics tees everyone should see. This page is updated regularly so check back.

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Make your own t-shirts

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Design Your Own Shirt

Designing your own t-shirts is easy. Really. There are some great places on the web that let you design your own t-shirts, choose graphics, fonts, etc‚Ķ even the kind of shirt you want. Two of the best places are Spreadshirt.com and CafePress.com. We’ve used both shops and though it might be helpful to call out a couple high points and important differences.

Designing Your Own T-Shirts at Spreadshirt.com

Spreadshirt.com is cool because they basically have an online shirt creating engine. You can select graphics, put text on your shirt, change colors, fonts, sizes, etc… They carry quality shirt brands like American Apparel, Gildan and Fruit of the Loom. They have every sort of style to choose from for both men and women.

If you’re really into designing shirts you can open a free online store at Spreadshirt. By doing this you can save the products you create, create an many as you like and then give the URL to your freinds, so they can buy your shirts. You have the ability to mark up your shirts and make money when other people buy them. Their online store capabilities are not nearly what CafePress.com offers. For that, read on.

Designing Your Own T-Shirts with CafePress.com

CafePress.com allows you to open a free shop and put a single design on as many of their products as you wish. You create the artwork and upload the file. You can then buy the merchandise yourself, and mark it up for others to buy. If you’re interested in opening and on-line shirt store with multiple designs you will need to sign up for a premium store (about $60/year). This will allow you to completely customize the look of your store, and add as many products, categories and designs as you like. Take a look at this example of a custom cafepress store.

Cafepress’s online store system is very easy to use, and once you figure things out there isn’t much limit to the way you can make your store look. You can always buy your own merchandise at cost, and have the ability to mark up the shirts you sell at any price you want. Your products will be automatically listed in the CafePress.com marketplace where you can gain good exposure. Check out this link to set learn more about setting up your own t-shirt store online at Cafepress.com.

Check back here for more information about how you can design and sell your own t-shirts online.

About T-Shirt Watch

T-Shirt watch is a blog about T-Shirts. We explore everything from where to buy them, to how to design and sell shirts online. We delve into the superficial and report on what t-shirts celebrities are wearing and also get serious and talk about the role they play in modern pop culture. We know it’s just a shirt, but if you stop and think, they are so much more.

Pop culture and current events help drive t-shirt design and fashion. Online stores such as CafePress allow users to create and sell designs overnight, which means timely response to current news – be it politically slanted or related to pop culture icons, movies and music. T-shirts end up being an accepted form of social commentary. People can state views and opinions on a t-shirt that they would never otherwise say to a perfect stranger. Shirt slogans can tip your political hand or just provide some comic relief.

T-shirts are without a doubt the cheapest and most accessible fashion item. Whether from a popular online store like Busted Tees or a big box giant like The Gap. For $25 or less you can end up with a fundamental fashion piece that expresses your style or views.